Excerpt: The Intel I7-980x being reviewed today is one of those products coming onto the market that you know know is more of a 32nm victory lap rather than a product that is trying to leap-frog the competition.
Conclusion: For the Divx 7 benchmark, we took a short 1080 HD video clip and passed it through the Divx 7 converter tool. This processes was repeated 5 times, with the media time reported as the final result. For this benchmark, we again found little difference between the i7-980X and i7-975.
Summary: Verdict: There’s no denying the 980X is an impressive beast. The only issue is that it’s still ahead of the software curve, so unless you’re already using multi-threaded software, it’s better to wait for the 980X’s price to drop before taking the plunge.
Pros: Insanely fast when tackling multi-threaded software, compatible with existing X58 motherboards, same TDP as older quad-core chip.
Six Cores for a Desktop: Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition CPU Review
13 April 2010
Summary: Year 2010 will be remembered in the computer industry as the time when six-core processors entered the desktop segment. Intel was the first one to announce their six-core solution – a 999-dollar Nehalem modification featuring more computational cores and manufactured with 32 nm technological...
Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Review: An Overall Look at the Core i7 Family
23 March 2010
Excerpt: This is an obvious exception to the rule for pretty much any component that's been on the market for over 12 months, and no doubt a current owner pleaser. To further augment this situation, Intel has just recently enhanced the investment that Core i7 customers made in the LGA1366 platform by...
Not Yet Another Core i7 980X Review - Overclocking With LN2
16 March 2010
Summary: Instead of following the flock of hardware reviewing websites and using a series of at least one hundred benchmarks to come the exact same conclusion, we decided to put Intel´s latest, codenamed Gulftown, to a series of extreme tests.
Conclusion: Without a shadow of a doubt, the Core i7 980XE is the fastest desktop CPU around, and by a large margin. We'd especially like to point out the fact that it's just a lot faster then core i7 920, that's our standard CPU for "playing around" with OC.